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a few days later, he didn't collect on those tickets. on thursday, that was the thursday before the saturday where -- when the plane took off for beijing, just two days before, the iranian called again to this travel agency and said book my two friends on the cheapest flights to europe, and they booked them from beijing -- or from kuala lumpur, and the one on the austrian stolen passport to frankfurt. what we're learning from this travel agency and from the police is that mr. ali regularly bought tickets in this way for people from this travel agency. and in this case, the tickets were paid for in cash. it certainly gives the appearance here of somebody who is established in buying tickets, possibly some kind of network of some kind. again, criminal or whatever. and that's not clear, wolf.
but those are the latest details we have. >> i assume authorities in malaysia, they're speaking to this individual, right? >> that's not clear at this moment. the travel agency believed that he had lived in thailand for a couple years. that's how they came to know him. he was a regular customer. but they say they believed he had moved back to iran, perhaps as much as a year ago. and he had contacted them on the telephone to back these particular tickets. and it's not clear if he showed up himself in person or an associate turned up with the cash to get the tickets, wolf. >> but the travel agency got the two tickets paid for in cash. somebody showed up there, but it's not clear if this individual, ali, was the person who did so or made the phone call, just made a phone call saying get ready to sell these two tickets. >> yeah. that's what we are getting so far. but again, because -- because there's a history with him
buying tickets from this travel agency that, will oh obviously give investigators some useful information to go on, but perhaps gives an idea about the nature of whether or not -- and there has been a lot of speculation and absolutely nothing confirmed, about whether or not this could have been for terrorism or criminality or precisely -- or precisely what. and we don't know about the other tickets that he has bought in the past. that they had also been forged or stolen passports, that's not -- that's not clear. but it does indicate a history of activity like this, again, that for investigators will be very useful, assuming the travel agency can actually connect investigators with mr. ali, if he's available, wherever he is, wolf. >> wherever he may be. nic robertson in london, thanks very much. let's discuss what we just heard. joining us, law enforcement analyst, tom fuentes. what do you make of this new piece of information we're now getting from nic? >> hi, wolf.
it provides great leads for the investigators to follow up on, particularly in thailand. the passports were originally stolen in 2012, the second one in 2013. in phuket, thailand, a resort town. and now you have the tickets actually being fraudulently obtained by using the stolen passports in thailand also. and passports were paid -- or the tickets were paid for in thai currency, the thai bottom. so it will be a great lead to locate this individual dealing with that travel agency and intensive investigation of that agency themselves. are they providing stolen passports on a regular basis to a variety of customers for many different reasons, which could be unrelated to terrorism but passport fraud, people using for drug trafficking or organized crime or any number of reasons that could be possibly why they were used. >> and the fact that this individual that nic describes,
this iranian, that may or may not have anything to do with terrorism. it could be drug smuggling, it could be all sorts of other potential criminal it activities that may have been involved. >> well, that's true. and also, i'm not sure how they verified that he's iranian or how they know his true identity or true nationality. so i would like to see the additional facts concerning that. you know, because there has been reporting on a number of occasions this weekend that turned out to not necessarily be accurate. but, you know, that would be necessary to confirm that. but obviously a great lead to cover in thailand at that travel agency, in that city. >> so how is it possible in this day and age where interpol has a record of all stolen passports that two passports were clearly stolen, an as tree an passport, italian passport, one stolen in 2012, one in 2013, stolen, as you point out in thailand in
this resort town. how is it possible that those stolen passports with those numbers can be approved to board an international flight when he could easily check with interpoll to get a record of stolen passports? >> that's true. they could easily check with interpol, but didn't. and most countries don't before -- >> why not? >> well, that's -- that would have to be a question for the malaysia authorities. because they just haven't had the will to do it. this is something -- ron noble, secretary general of interpol, has been pushing this every year. he pushed it again this year in carta haina at the annual general assembly i attended, saying, look to the member countries, the 190-member countries, very few of you are checking this database before people are allowed to board aircraft for entire national flights and leave your country. and it just has not motivated the majority of countries to set up a system, especially for the outbound passengers. now, on the inbound, where you come in and actually physically
go through passport control, those are more often checked, and many of those passport computers or passport control computers, are set up to automatically make an inquiry not just in the individual country's databases, but to interpol headquarters inially own, france, for whether or not the document is stolen or whether the name used on that document, there has been an arrest warrant, red notice, issued. so it's more common on the incoming flights, but not as common on the outgoing. and this is something interpol, back when i was on the executive committee of interpol from 2006 to 2009, this came up every year. it's been pushed every single year. but the majority of countries still do not make that inquiry and do that check. >> does the united states make that inquiry? >> well, my understanding is that customs of border protection does do inquiries on, you know, on the flight list of people that are going to be outbound from the united states.
including all the queries of the various u.s. watch lists and terror screening lists, as well. but many of the countries are not doing that. and, in fact, those numbers are huge. it's 1 billion with a b passengers annually board aircraft on international flights where the documents have not been checked through the database. >> tom fuentes, thanks very much. we're going to continue to monitor this mystery. a lot more coming up. just ahead, this search intensifying for flight 370. everybody has a theory about what happened. which are getting the most attention. and the russias say they haven't invaded ukraine but our team is on the ground and says the land grab is under way right now. peace of mind is important when you're running a successful business. so we provide it services you can rely on. with centurylink as your trusted it partner, you'll experience reliable uptime for the network and services you depend on.
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eggland's best. better eggs. it's eb. for families who have people on board the flight the wait for news is heart breaking. and the biggest complaint so far, they aren't getting enough information. david mckenzie joining from us beijing. we're hearing reports the frustration is boiling over into anger, family members, even throwing water bottles at officials. have you been able to get a sense from the families what they're feeling, what they're saying, what they believe? >> reporter: well, wolf, at first it was shock, of course. then frustration and anger. yes, it is at times boiling over, because people just don't have any closure in this issue. from the very early hours when this plane disappeared, up until now, we are talking hours and nowadays, they're complaining they're not getting enough information from the airlines, from the government, even pointing the finger at the
chinese government, which in china can be a big deal. they were tonight shipped off in buses, some of them. the airline says they're going to take the closest family members and fly them to kuala lumpur in malaysia. the problem is, normally in these cases, wolf, they go to a location to the crash site. they don't know where that crash site is, so many of the families telling us they're going to stay put here until they know more. wolf? >> most of the passengers on that plane were chinese or taiwanese. and clearly they're distraught right now. this -- these two stolen passports that were used by two of the passengers to board the flight, what are folks in beijing saying about that? do they believe this was some sort of security lapse? >> reporter: at this stage, they don't really speak about how this happened, and why this happened. they just want to know, what happened? what happened to their family members. if you can consider that the authorities are still saying this is a search and rescue
effort, not a recovery effort, they are still holding out hope. one counselor i spoke to said that's the hardest thing, wolf, that as these hours slip by, human nature, you my belief there is some tiny hope your loved one is alive out there somewhere. until they have that closure, they are in limbo, this terrible limo, hours of agonizing waiting. so they're not even thinking about the why. right now they just want to know what happened to that plane. >> our heart goes out to all those folks over there in beijing and elsewhere. thanks very much, david mckenzie, for that report. the head of malaysia civil aviation says the disappearance flight 370 is an unprecedented mystery. dozens of ships combing the south for any sign of the missing boeing 777 and the absence of good leads or solid evidence, conspiracy theories already out there. and they're filling the void. our national security analyst,
peter bergin, joining us from washington. peter, we have seen these theories pop up before in other aviation disasters. how do these square with reality once the facts are actually known? >> well, often, they don't, wolf. of course. you recall twa 800, which fell out of the sky in the atlanta shortly after leaving jfk airport. a another people saying they saw missiles going up hitting the plane, turned out to be unreliable eye-witnesses. peter sallinger, jfk's press secretary said a navy ship, and because of his position, some took that seriously. and after the longest investigation that the national transportation safety board has ever done, after four years, concluded it was a spark in the central fuel tank that caused the explosion. and we have seen this also in cases like egyptair, where ntsb came to the conclusion that the plane had been brought down in the atlantic by a pilot
intentionally, which is something you can't discount. it's very unusual. in pan am 103, some people posed it was a cia operation that had blown up over scotland. no evidence of that at all. but, you know, people -- it's natural human tendency when something catastrophic happens, often people seek some kind of explanation, more than the mundane explanation that usually turns out to be the case. >> and what does it say to you? and it may mean nothing at all -- we just heard nic robertson report at the top of the hour, the individual who actually bought these two tickets for these two passengers were the stolen passports was an iranian individual, bought the tickets with cash in thailand for some reason. and then these passengers got on that plane. what, if anything, should that -- you've studied terrorism, obviously, throughout your entire career. >> well, the iranian connection, if it's true, is pretty interesting. certainly iran has engaged in terrorist activities in thailand
in the past. but then the question you ask, why would they do this? the victims here, this was not a western airline. it wasn't an american airline. you know, it kind of -- if this is terrorism, the key question would be, who benefits? and the groupses that might be inclined to attack the chinese target, for instance, chinese separatist groups, have shown little or no ability to operate outside china. certainly nothing on the scale of bringing down an airplane. so, yeah, the terrorism cannot be ruled out. but the bottom line is, why this plane? why these victims if this was really an act of terrorism. >> yeah. there's a lot -- those are excellent questions. and obviously this investigation is only just beginning right now. peter, thanks very much. and peter wrote an excellent article on cnn.com. he posted it a little while ago. still ahead. if terrorists did bring down flight 370, why aren't they talking about it? the silence can be a clue of a larger plot at least one expert is suggesting. first, americans are
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the crisis in ukraine keeps growing by the hour. masked men have taken control of a military base in the crimean peninsula, while russia is accusing far right groups of conniving new authorities. and we also learned russia troops may be grabbing land belonging to the ukraine. the prime minister due at the
white house for talks with president obama on wednesday. what did can the united states and the western allies do to stop russia's advance? we're learning that americans think -- what americans think should be done in our brand-new cnn poll. our chief political analyst, gloria borger, is joining us now. gloria, let's take a look at the poll results. we asked how president obama was handling the situation in the ukraine. 48% approve. 43% don't approve. 9% aren't sure. as the president works to reverse the russian incursion into ukraine and crimea specifically, how key politically would this kind of -- these kinds of poll numbers be, gloria? >> well, look, i think the president would rather have the wind at his back, and it looks like he does. more people approve of the way he's handling this than disapprove of it. i think in that disapproval number, what you see are people who generally disapprove of this president's foreign policy. who by this sort of lindsey
graham john mccain argument, that because the president vacillated on syria, for example, that putin was more willing to do what he did in crimea. and so i think, you know, there's a sense of disapproval of the president generally on foreign policy among those people. but if you look at those numbers, it's higher than the president's overall approval rating. so there's a sense in the country that the president is doing what he can on this situation. and people also understand how they feel about it, which is -- and our polls will show this, they don't want to send troops in there, so there is a limited amount as to what you can do. >> yeah. take a look at this. we asked in this brand-new cnn poll what actions the united states and its allies should do to try to force russia to remove its troops. take a look at these numbers. you see economic sanctions, 59% would favor that. military aid, 23%. only 12% would support u.s. ground troops. some might say -- i'm surprised, as many as 12% would support the
introduction of ground troops. but u.s. leadership right now, very much on the line. >> well, it is. and, you know, the irony for the president is that he has more support in congress on sanctions, although there is a little bit of a disagreement of how exactly to go about it than he does from europe. and so he's got a lead on the world stage now. the europeans obviously have much more at stake economically when it it comes to ukraine and russia. and i think that the president has to walk a fine line here, because while we have done targeted sanctions, wolf, we have not taken the next step, and the next step would be to say, to banks worldwide, don't do business with russian banks. period. that would have huge economic repercussions in europe, which is why they're so nervous about it. and it would also have repercussions in this country. so what the president is trying
to do is to approach this in a step by step way so he can get europe in line with the united states. >> gloria borger with some analysis of our brand-new c cnn orc poll. thank you. >> sure. >> when we come back, a possible parallel between flight 370 and a terror incident a decade ago against philippine airlines. mary ski aftero will explain why silence from terror groups could be an ominous clue. and later, the malaysia flight mystery reigniting the debate over the so-called live black boxes. we're going to explain how they work, why airlines have been reluctant to move forward with this technology.
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right now, almost three dozen planes, 40 ships, searchingth south china sea for a missing malaysia airlines plane. we're learning new details about the it tickets used by two people traveling with stolen passports. police say they were purchased by an iranian man in the thai resort city of puta. the search area for the missing plane has been expanded. now covers a larger portion of the gulf of thailand between malaysia and vietnam. so far, the massive search has turned up no, repeat no debris,
from the missing plane. if we discover that terrorism was behind the disappearance of malaysia airlines flight 370, why is no one taking credit? there could be a reason out there. it's very unsettling. if if it turns out to be true. mary schiavo, former inspector general at the department of transportation joins us. mary, you suggest that the absence of anyone claiming responsibility could be an ominous clue, if it turns out to be terrorism. i want you to explain what your suspicion potentially could be. >> well, that's right. our firm was the lead firm in investigating and litigating 9/11. one thing that was very crucial, our work and examination of project bujenka, a plan by terrorists to take out a dozen u.s. planes over the pacific ocean. but to make this work, they had to do trial runs, and they had to try it out first. so what they did is selected a philippine airliner and did a trial run using fake passports,
specifically so no one would find out who was behind it, what they were doing. and so they could do the trial run. and then expand the plot further on. and luckily, through law enforcement, through a lucky break on a bomb-making that went wrong, they did get the plot. they did get many of the perpetrators, not all, before they could carry out bojenka. but it was very important to foil that plot. same thing here. i've worked many more cases that aren't terrorism than are. but if it is, we've got to get the clues. >> who were the terrorists in that so-called bojenka plot and what years was that unfolding? >> well, that was in the years preceding september 11 on and the terrorists were associated with al qaeda. and like i said, there were many they caught and prosecuted, many that were not and went on to assist in future terror plots. and so they finally did catch some in the mid '90s and the late '90s. but like i said, they used
lessons learned there to help in september 11, 2001. so it's very important to get that. now, the wreckage -- the instant they can get the wreckage, they will have really important clues, because if it's an explosive, there will be pitting patterns on the wreckage, and they'll be able to tell it was an explosion and what it is the united states -- national transportation safety board has great experience on that from tw 800, which was not terrorism. and, of course, pan am 103, which was. so they have a great body of knowledge about residue and pitting patterns. >> are you surprised that three days now have passed and they haven't been able to find any wreckage at all in the waters over there in the pacific? >> yes, that is terribly surprising. and because the debris field, if it was an in-flight, mid-air explosion, the debris would be scattered wide and far. and so much on the plane will float. the seat cushions, the life vests, the life rafts. the service carts and containers. parts of the wing, parts of the
tail. all that will float. and there is nothing. it is very, very surprising. it almost makes you think of planes lost in world war ii and when he find them at the bottom of the ocean years later. but those are old fashioned planes. today's modern planes have so many electronics on them, unless it was a catastrophic loss, it's hard to fathom how a plane could remain intact under the water. >> because you would think in this day and age of gps, transponders, you can't go anywhere without people knowing exactly where you are. a huge boeing 777 simply doesn't disappear without any pings going off, anywhere. a black box or a flight recorder, for example. you don't hear anything, you don't see anything. there's no evidence of what happened. it's pretty shocking to believe that. >> it is. but remember, the black boxes have smaller batteries, and in value jet 592, in tw 800 and then again in air france, 447
just recently, it took divers and submersibles to find those. the battery will lost 30 days. but in many cases, in a couple crashes, it was divers who literally felt them and stumbled upon them. but remember, in a terrorism situation, there are hijack codes. and unless the pilots were prevented from entering those codes, and you can send acars messages, there is many ways. so if it was terrorism, it had to happen very, very suddenly, because of what's available on modern aircraft or there had to be complicity. >> who should take the lead in this investigation? in other words, who has the most experience, the most knowledge to get the job done as thoroughly and as quickly as possible? when you look at all the various groups around the world? >> well, sadly, because of what the united states has been through, the united states federal bureau of investigation and the national transportation safety board have the most experience. if terrorism is suspected, then the fbi, if it was in the united states, the fbi takes the lead. the ntsb takes a back seat.
that's how it worked in tw 800, that's how it worked in the 9/11 cases. but when it's in a foreign country, that country -- so it started out looking like vietnam, would take the lead, according to agreement. but they very wisely have called in the u.s., because we have so much experience with these horrific tragedies. and sadly, with terrorism. and if they can just get the wreckage, they will know, they will be able -- they can do so many residue testings. they have expertise in the pitting patterns. that wreckage is so valuable, even if it does take longer to get the black boxes. every piece of wreckage holds a clue. >> mary schiavo, thanks for your expertise. we'll continue this conversation. up next, crews searching for the flight data, the voice recorders from the missing malaysia airlines plane. we're going to tell you about some new technology that calls for what are described as live black boxes. and later, these he's on the run from the united states but the nsa leaker, edward snowden, delivers a speech at the big
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the voice ask data recorders from the missing malaysia airlines plane could provide the best hope of determining what went wrong. so far there is no sign of the plane, no sign of the devices. but what if an aircraft could beam information back to the ground during an emergency? any emergency? brian todd is joining us now to talk about that. brian, the technology for those so-called live black boxes, it exists. how does it work, and why is it available on all planes? >> well, it does exist, wolf. it's not available on all planes now, only because the airlines do not want to spend the money to retrofit their planes to get it to actually work in real-time. and it would work like this. it would be like the black box, which has the cockpit voice recorder in it, the flight data recorder in it. now, those things -- you know,
they send back all the crucial information of what the pilots are saying. and anything that might be going wrong with the plane. but as it exists now, you have to wait to find that black box in the ocean, and that's what they cannot find right now. if it were streaming back live in the event of an extreme emergency, then they would be able to find out more information about what went wrong with the plane in real-time. some of the technology does exist. they do have the bandwidth now to do that. but they have not retrofitted the planes to do that. it would work basically just to break it down very simply, the data would be transferred from the plane in real-time to a satellite, and the satellite would transfer it down to the airline office that would receive it. but experts are telling us, it costs a lot of money to rerow fit planes in order to be able to do that. then each airline would have to build a ground station to have people in there to receive the information, to process it. to make sense of it. and also some technical capability on the ground. and the airlines have been reluctant to spend that kind of
money. and, you know, one of the reasons is because we have accidents like this so rarely. but this did come up after the air france crash in 2009. that air france flight 447 that vanished over the atlantic ocean on the way from rio to paris. it took them two years, wolf, to find that black box. and that's when -- they didn't get the information about what caused the crash until well after they found that black box. so that's what they're thinking of now. and this could be a way to do that. but it is expensive and would have to also kind of streamline the data, because there is so much different data that can be streamed live. they call those parameters. the kind of data you would be sending back, like heading, are speed, a couple data points, not all the data available. just some crucial things that the plane could send back in the event of an emergency. now that debate has been rekindled because of this malaysia air incident. >> brian todd reporting for us. brian, thank you. we also want to take a
closer look at how two people managed to get on that malaysia airlines flight with stolen passports. hard to imagine that happening here in the united states in the wake of 9/11. but that's not the case everywhere. here is cnn's pamela brown. >> reporter: it's one of the biggest mysteries in the disappearance of malaysia airlines flight 370. how in a post 9/11 world did two passengers board an international flight with stolen passports? even more surprising, they were in plain sight. among the names listed in interp interpol's lost and stolen travel documents database. one since last year, the other since 2012. both stolen in thailand. and it appears the two passengers who used the passports, an italian and austrian citizen, bought their tickets together. >> when you book your ticket, the airline is not able to actually make an inquiry with interpol or even the local police about whether you are wanted or whether the passport has been reported stolen. the country, the government does. >> reporter: and according to
interpol, last year alone, passengers were able to board planes without having their passports screened against interpol's databases more than 1 billion times. the database at interpol headquarters in france contains an astounding 40 million records of stolen travel documents. >> you know, the member countries, the 190 members that belong to interpol are not charged a fee for accessing any of those databases. so if the country has sufficient resources and technical capability to wire into interpol's virtual private network that's running 24 hours a day, then, you know, they certainly would be able to access that database and check. it's just up to the will of the country to set it up and do it. >> reporter: interpol secretary ronald noble said now we have a real case where the world is speculating whether the stolen passport holders were terrorists. while interpol is asking why only a handful of countries worldwide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights. >> that report from our justice
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laurie, what did he have to say? >> lots of energy in the room. he opened up by saying that the nsa with the surveillance is setting fire to the internet. he called on them in that room to really build out solutions to better protect privacy. he actually took a q&a and took questions. one of the folks that asked the question was the founder of the tim burner's league and said how would you change the system? he said that congress needs a watch dog and needs to perform that kind of system. he said that the mass surveillance is saying that they don't know what he has and the do you means he has. he was calling on them that they
could use. he was asked was it worth it? listen to what he said. >> i took an oath to support the constitution and i saw that the constitution -- the interpretation had been changed. thank you. the interpretation of the constitution had been changed in secret from no unreasonable search and seizure to hey, any seizure is fine. just don't search it. that's something the public ought to know. >> one thing that she was very nervous and no one would care. obviously if you are in that room and you see the conversation that has been started.
a lot of folks are talking about that. >> we heard applause and he was interrupted during that live streaming. you were in the room. what kind of reaction did he get? >> you had around 3,000 people packed into the room. points people would get up and clap. as people were walking away, i said do you view him as a villain or a hero. 99% of the folks said a hero. these are folks in the tech community and that are particularly worried about privacy and data collection and focused on these solutions. >> covering that conference, thank you. >> few people like to hear that a snowstorm is on the way. for some the snow is necessary for their industry to survive. [ male announcer ] this is kevin.
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"the situation room" 5:00 p.m. eastern later today. thanks very much for watching. newsroom starts right now. >> thank you for joining us for this special edition of newsroom in for brooke baldwin. a mystery remains unsolved. how can a huge airliner like this one carry people and simply vanish. was it terrorism or a freak accident. we are devoting an hour to this investigation with aviation experts and reporters bringing you every angle of this mystery up to the minute and learning more about the two passengers who boarded the jet with stolen passports. cnn just learned that an iranian man performed the tickets for